How Do Melbourne Trams Work?
Do we need to buy tickets for the tram and how do they work?
Melbourne is well known for it’s iconic tram network, trams are fast, efficient and for the most part don’t get affected by traffic.
They are one of the contributing factors to Melbourne being the easiest city to get around in Australia – and also the most liveable city in the world voted 6 consecutive years in a row. One of the most common questions that travellers ask when they arrive in Melbourne is – “do we need to buy tickets for the tram and how do they work?”
If you are staying at accommodation in central Melbourne and just want to travel around the Cbd then all trams are free, not just the city circle tram. You will see signs and stickers on all the stops within the free tram zone and the announcer will also let you know when you are about to leave the area. See the map below as a reference for where the free tram zone is located.
If you want to travel outside the free Tram or on a train or bus then you need to have a Myki card. Myki cards are available for purchase from 711 convenience stores, certain retail outlets as well as train stations. Here is a list of all the retail outlets, just enter your address and it will show you the closest place to buy one. The card itself costs $6 and then you can either top it up with a myki pass or myki money. Most people use Myki money which is $3.90 for a 2 hour journey and you only get charged for 2 rides a day so a maximum of $7.80. Weekends are a bit cheaper with the maximum charge for the day capping at $6.00. If you have chosen to live and work in Melbourne and use public transport every day then it may be cheaper to top up with a myki pass for a week or month.
Want to travel around the CBD then all trams are free, not just the city circle tram
One of the most popular trams to get for travellers in Melbourne is probably the 96 tram from the city which will bring you all the way into the heart of St Kilda or Fitzroy, Brunswick and Brunswick East in the other direction. This tram also travels through the heart of Melbourne cbd and shopping precinct on Bourke Street which is a good base to meet up with friends, family or travel buddies on a day/ night out.
The most popular trams to get for travellers in Melbourne is probably the 96 tram from the city
For further destinations or to plan your journey head to The Public Transport of Victoria Journey planner and just simply enter the address or landmark closest to you and enter the destination you want to go to.
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